All About INTJ Personality Type
Updated December 14, 2018
Reviewer Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC
In this advice series, we're exploring each of the sixteen personality types identified by two remarkable women, Katherine Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Myers. In the 1940's, Katherine and Isabel developed the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), a personality self-test relying heavily on Carl Jung's theory of different personality types.
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The 16 Personality Types
Myers-Briggs concluded that every person:
- is either an extrovert (E) or an introvert (I)
- they either use intuition (N) or sensing (S) to experience the world around them
- they either use feeling (F) or thinking (T) to make decisions
- they either use perception (P) or judging (J) to reach their goals
The different combinations of these four opposites make up the 16 personality types.
Analysts: architect (INTJ), logician (INTP), commander (ENTJ), debater (ENTP).
Diplomats: advocate (INFJ), mediator (INFP), protagonist (ENFJ), campaigner (ENFP).
Sentinels: logistician (ISTJ), defender (ISFJ), executive (ESTJ), consul (ESFJ).
Explorers: virtuoso (ISTP), adventurer (ISFP), entrepreneur (ESTP), entertainer (ESFP).
INTJ Personality Traits: The Architect
INTJ is the abbreviation for introversion, intuition, thinking, and judgment.
Introversion: INTJ's are quiet, reserved people. Social interactions drain them of energy, and they prefer to have a few close friends than a wide circle of acquaintances.
Intuition: INTJ personality types focus on the big picture and future possibilities, rather than details and the here and now. They tend to be more abstract than concrete.
Thinking: INTJ's value facts above personal preferences or sentiment. They tend to base their decisions on logic rather than on social considerations.
Judgment: INTJ personality types structure, plan and organize the world around them to achieve their goals.
INTJ's are brilliant strategists, and extremely intelligent and capable. INTJ personality types are stable, reliable, committed, and fiercely independent. The opinions of others do not easily sway them. INTJ's use reason and logic to choose partners and friends. The INTJ personality type is supremely confident that any decision they make is the right one and isn't easily persuaded otherwise, although they can be surprisingly flexible if proved wrong by someone who has used reason and logic to come to a different conclusion. INTJ personality types find it difficult to talk about their emotions and feelings and are uncomfortable with people who express their emotions in an unrestrained or sentimental way. The INTJ personality type considers social rituals like small talk a waste of time; this tendency to dismiss social rituals may make INTJ's seem cold and rude to others. INTJ's have a deep understanding of their abilities and limitations; they're willing to acknowledge what they know as well as what they don't know, and this often makes them confident leaders. However, they're also willing to take a back seat to leaders who, like them, base their decisions on reason and logic. Generally, the INTJ personality type prefers to work alone.
INTJ personality types make up only 2% of the population; women INTJ's are scarce at less than 1% of the population.
INTJ's Are Chess Players
INTJ's see the world as a giant game of chess. INTJ personality types are strategic thinkers; they're able to see things from many different perspectives and plan for all possible situations and outcomes. INTJ's continually increase their knowledge; they're curious, intellectual, imaginative, and use their knowledge creatively.
INTJ's Are Independent
INTJ personality types have complete confidence in themselves. Their rational minds make rational decisions, and nothing and no-one will persuade them that a different conclusion is possible. INTJ personality types seldom waste time discussing their decisions with those that disagree; instead, they tend to be aloof and disengaged. Only those in agreement with them can expect to be heard. The INTJ personality type is indifferent to authority figures, traditions, and social rituals; only the rational and logical have meaning. Their complete lack of self-doubt makes INTJ personality types fiercely independent.
INTJ's Are Industrious
The INTJ personality type is amazingly hard-working. If something interests them, INTJ's will work long, intense hours to complete the task. INTJ's are super-efficient and, provided they agree that the process to reach a goal is rational and logical, they will dedicate themselves to follow through. If INTJ personality types don't see a logical or rational reason to include a particular process or task to reach a goal, they will ignore it; this sometimes works but often causes problems for the rest of the team who need to double-check whatever the INTJ does to ensure the goal is reached.
INTJ's Are Open-minded
Their aversion to tradition and social norms makes INTJ personality types receptive to new ideas and lifestyles, and they're often social liberals. INTJ's will even reconsider their own decisions if someone comes along with a better solution provided it's based on logic and is rational.
INTJ's And Career Options
INTJ personality types do well as military strategists; their ability to see all possible outcomes and courses of action is the perfect combination to bring people, resources, and equipment together to achieve victory. But INTJ's will be successful in any career where their astounding ability to find elegant, simple solutions to complex problems is appreciated and needed. INTJ personality types also make excellent lawyers and judges, computer programmers, and scientists. INTJ's prefer to work on their own; they're impatient with disorganization and those who disagree with them. INTJ personality types tend to be detached from the emotions and sensitivities of others, so they're unlikely to be successful in careers that require people skills, like human resources or public relations.
INTJ's And Relationships
INTJ personality types tend to be unromantic; candle-lit dinners and weekends away on exotic islands leave them unimpressed. INTJ's do not fall head-over-heels in love. INTJ personality types approach long-term relationships in the same way that they approach any other complex problem; something to be analyzed, strategized and followed through to the only correct solution. This tendency to ignore human nature, and to be out of tune with those around them, makes it difficult for the INTJ personality type to find a compatible partner. However, INTJ personality types will form strong relationships when they do have compatible partners and will work diligently to ensure that their partner is satisfied intellectually and physically. INTJ's believe that every grievance has a rational and logical solution and they tend to walk away from partners who need to express their emotions just for the sake of it.
The INTJ parent gives their children space to grow and encourages them to be independent. INTJ personality types challenge their children to think for themselves and make their own decisions but will give them guidance at crucial milestones in their lives. INTJ's are unlikely to be excessively supportive and loving parents; they don't need expressions of love and approval themselves and assume their children don't either. Sensitive children who need emotional support may feel distant and unloved by their INTJ parent.
INTJ's are supremely self-confident. INTJ personality types are rational, logical, and seldom doubt themselves.
INTJ's take conflict and criticism in their stride.
INTJ's take their relationships and commitments seriously; the INTJ personality type is diligent in following through to reach a goal, whether it be personal or professional.
INTJ's are extremely intelligent, capable, and are brilliant strategists. They grasp complex theories and plan courses of action to reach their goal successfully.
INTJ's can be insensitive. The INTJ personality type tends not to be sensitive to those around them, and their tendency to be brutally honest can be hurtful to other people. INTJ's don't buy into the notion that emotional support is needed in some situations, rather than logic and reason. INTJ personality types are often not in tune with those around them.
INTJ's tend not to express their feelings, and others may find INTJ personality types challenging to understand and relate to.
INTJ's can be arrogant. INTJ personality types believe that they're always right and that their way is the only way. Also, when they do make a mistake, they find it extraordinarily difficult to accept blame and tend to put it on others.
INTJ's are impatient with social rituals and they can be uncomfortable to be around in social situations.
INTJ's are brilliant and capable. The INTJ personality type grasps complex theories and comes up with simple solutions. INTJ's are hard-working, organized, and astonishingly efficient.
INTJ personality types can be arrogant and others may see them as thinking they're better than the rest of humankind. INTJ's can also be insensitive and impatient with those that disagree with them.
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